In our ongoing series of blog posts highlighting our awesome staff throughout the Free Library of Philadelphia, today we take some time to speak with Christina Patton of our Neighborhood Library Services Division.
What is your role with the Free Library of Philadelphia?
My title is Assistant to the Chief, Neighborhood Library Services Division and I work behind the scenes to support our neighborhood libraries. I also collaborate on projects with other Free Library departments and city agencies.
What do you wish more people knew about the library where you work?
I'm always telling people to come see Grip the Raven, which is located in the Rare Book Department. Also, I wish more people knew that Julian Abele, an African American architect, was instrumental in the construction of Parkway Central Library.
What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
Ensuring that our neighborhood libraries have what they need, so they can focus on serving their patrons and communities. I also enjoy connecting our libraries to community organizations interested in sharing resources and information.
What are you currently reading/watching?
I'm reading 3 books at the moment: Dry by Neal Shusterman, The Library Book by Susan Orlean and The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku. I'm currently watching Elite and Haunting of Hill House on Netflix.
Where’s your favorite place to read in Philly?
My dad used to take me to Kelly Drive to feed the ducks when I was small. When the weather is nice, I go there occasionally to read and unwind.
Do you have a favorite librarian or other Free Library staff member at your neighborhood library you think we should shine a spotlight on? Let us know in the comments!